Radars have slashed road fatalities: Dubai Police
Road radars of the new Vitronic “Al Burj” type have greatly reduced fatality rate on Dubai roads, said the Director of Traffic Police, Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui.
“Al Burj radars have caught 48,882 violators since the beginning of this year for different cases including 21,374 for driving on the shoulder; 20,780 jumping the red light and 6,512 heavy trucks failing to stick to their lanes,” he said.
Other cases included 3,009 against motorists who did not observe traffic signs (upon before cautioning); 109 for not fastening seat belts; 86 for hand-phone talking and 19 for loosening number plates.
The vitronic radars, which were introduced on some roads around April 2014, have the ability to record eight violations: overspeeding, driving below the speed limit, failure to leave enough distance between vehicles, failure to fasten seat belt, talking on hand-held mobile phone, heavy vehicles not abiding by their designated lanes, heavy vehicles that are on the road outside their designated timings and vehicles driving on the hard shoulder.
In July this year, the police installed 83 Vitronic/Al Burj radars of which 52 were along Sheikh Zayed Road and 31 at different light-signal junctions. Other roads with substantial number of radars are Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road.
When he announced the installation of more radars last July, Col Al Mazrouie said that the priority of installation was “given to the roads that have registered the highest number of fatalities.”
“Radars are a silent soldier who is waiting to penalise any overspeeding motorist or reckless driver,” said Col Al Mazroiue.
Yesterday he confirmed that they have “served their purpose adequately,” adding that “the more the number of radars, the lesser the number of deaths from overspeeding. They are accurate, technologically modern and do not make mistakes.” Any motorist can know the speed limits of each road by visiting the Dubai Police website: www.dubaipolice.gov.ae.
By Matovu Abdallah Twaha